Driver’s Education Classes in Forsyth County Schools
FCS offers 30 hours of classroom instruction coupled by driving simulator experience. Students may earn 0.5 Carnegie unit of credit for successful completion of the Driver’s Education class. Driving simulators are provided by LEADER (Lanier Extended Area Driver Education Resource) and the district in each high school. Students are charged a simulator lab fee for driver’s education to supplement the cost of the simulator lab. This lab fee is currently $100. The six hours of behind the wheel training are available from many FCS Partners in Education.
Limited Certificate of Completion for Driver’s EducationFCS only issues limited certificates of completion at the end of 30 hours of classroom instruction which satisfies Joshua’s law requirement for obtaining a license. Certificates of completion for Driver’s Education are issued by state approved facilities when a student has completed both the 30 hours of classroom instruction and the 6 hours of behind the wheel training. Because FCS does not offer behind the wheel training, there will be no certificates of completion issued for driver’s education. Additionally, FCS does not offer driving tests.Senate Bill 226, also known as "Joshua's Law," was passed during the 2005 General Assembly. Beginning January 1, 2007, all 16 year-olds applying for a Class D driver’s license must complete an approved driver education course and complete a total of 40 hours of supervised driving. Six hours supervised driving must be at night with a parent or guardian’s sworn verification that these requirements have been met. Any Georgia resident who has not completed an approved driver education course must be at least 17 years old to be eligible for a Class D driver's license. He or she must have completed a total of at least 40 hours of supervised driving, including at least six hours at night. The same verification in writing by a parent or guardian is required.